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November 16, 2018

The Legal Aid Hall of Fame

2007 CBF Morsch Award recipient, Ann Hilton Fisher, with Tom Morsch.

To wrap up his term as CBF President, Tom Morsch had an inspiring vision. A leader in Chicago’s legal community and a pro bono pioneer, Tom always felt that lawyers in private practice received a disproportionate amount of recognition for their pro bono contributions […]

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November 15, 2018

Access to Justice: How We Will Know When We Get There

When I recently took a stab at defining what we mean when we say “access to justice,” I looked to the great Yogi Berra for inspiration: “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.”

Now that we have established a working definition of where we are going (at least I have!), the question becomes how do we measure our progress to that promised land.

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November 15, 2018

New and Graduating JEP Attorneys Ready for New Growth

Last week, the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) celebrated the graduation of the ninth cohort of participants to successfully complete the 18-month program and welcomed in the twelfth group of attorneys aiming to build innovative and affordable law practices.

Attorneys graduating from the JEP. Good luck!

Graduates Daniel Hernandez and TJ Walczak work on family law […]

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November 15, 2018

New Illinois Judicial Conference Will Look to the Future of Illinois Courts

CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves and CBF Board Member Justice Mary K. Rochford are among the Illinois Supreme Court’s appointees to the newly constituted Illinois Judicial Conference.  Glaves and Rochford are among 29 members (15 judges and 14 non-judges), with Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier serving as Chair, who will be tasked with creating and implementing […]

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November 12, 2018

“We Felt Like We Were Drowning in a Sea of Goodwill”

As recently as just a few years ago, that was a common refrain heard among Illinois veterans facing legal issues. While our veterans and military personnel generally knew there were a lot of lawyers and others who wanted to help them, there was no easy way to make those connections.

At the same time, there was […]

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November 8, 2018

Looking at the Court System through the Eyes of the People

To the say that the legal system looks daunting to someone who is not trained in the law and is often facing a serious legal issue when they arrive at the courthouse would be a vast understatement. And that is even more true at the Daley Center, perhaps the largest and busiest single courthouse in […]

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November 5, 2018

Pricing for Access to Justice

The billable hour is dead! You’ve likely seen this headline a time or two over the past couple of years, and for good reason. As CBF Executive Director Bob Glaves pointed out in his 2016 blog post on pricing, we’ve largely priced the proverbial regular guy, and even ourselves sometimes, out of the market for […]

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November 1, 2018

Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much

If we had to identify one thing that has made the CBF a powerful force for good over our first 70 years, that famous quote in the title from Helen Keller sums it up well.

The concept of partnerships is part of the CBF’s DNA. The CBF’s very existence owes to our legal community coming together […]

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November 1, 2018

Pro Bono Week 2018—Celebrating the Power of Pro Bono

Hundreds of lawyers and other legal professionals in Chicago came together last week through the CBA and CBF’s 14th Annual Pro Bono Week to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community. But the Week’s focus goes far beyond just celebrating past deeds of pro bono greatness. It’s also about looking ahead, envisioning a brighter pro bono future, and finding new opportunities to make an impact through pro bono in the year ahead. And whether you were able to participate in one of the events or not, there is a lot you can do to make your own pro bono impact and the CBF is here to help you do that.

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November 1, 2018

We’re Hiring!

The CBF seeks a Development & Administrative Coordinator to join our team.

The Development & Administrative Coordinator plays a key role in supporting the development team, assisting in database management, and performing administrative tasks crucial to a well-functioning office. An integral member of the CBF Development Team, this position provides administrative and strategic support to the Development Team and also supports the Associate Director and the Senior Manager of Finance & Operations. The CBF offers a competitive salary, comprehensive benefits package and flexible work environment. Learn more…

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